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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the Movies: Aladdin, Lion King, Cats plus two nods to the Bard by Steven McKnight

Anyone watching television this week has probably viewed the onslaught of commercials for the Memorial Day weekend opening of Aladdin. It is the first of three major releases based on Broadw…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: The Brothers Size at 1st Stage, captivating performances by Steven McKnight

The Brothers Size is a deceptively simple three-character play that tackles themes of brotherhood, devotion, and freedom.  It is receiving an outstanding production at 1st Stage. The story …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: Sheila and Moby, a perfect fit for Flying V by Steven McKnight

Local playwright Patrick Flynn has spent the last two years developing his new comedy about growing up and proving how“adults can be idiots, just like children.”  Sheila and Moby recei…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: Illyria, or What You Will, a wildly imaginative Twelfth Night by Steven McKnight

The challenge of finding a fresh take on any play by The Bard has foiled many an artist, but Avant Bard joyfully clears that hurdle with Illyria, or What You Will, a clever reimagining of Tw…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

DC Area hosts most popular new plays in America by Steven McKnight

In its annual October Season Preview issue,  American Theatre magazine has released its lists of the Top 10 Most-Produced Plays (11 this year due to a tie) .  Ten of those plays have eith…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Review: 1st Stage give Ayckbourn’s play Hero’s Welcome its area debut by Steven McKnight

A war hero returns to his hometown after 17 years with a new wife with hopes for a new life.  Yet the scandalous circumstances of his departure and long-standing regrets challenge his plans…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review:  Unscripted at Capital Fringe by Steven McKnight

Unscripted is an apt name for an improvisational performance.  The show is performed by two members of the improv company VI Lenin.  While Unscripted demonstrates their skill and offers so…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review:  (Super) Friends at Capital Fringe by Steven McKnight

Given our divisive culture and the omnipresence of superheroes in our movie theaters, along comes this  light-hearted riff on the whole hero-villain dichotomy, including who decides who is …

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Review:  On the Eve at Capital Fringe by Steven McKnight

On the Eve questions turning points in three famous stories, in which characters make decisions “on the eve of when the ordinary becomes extraordinary” to quote the Capital Fringe summa…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Review: People for Whom the World Spins and Turns by Steven McKnight

The Essential Theatre’s new play People for Whom the World Spins and Turns is best described by its subtitle A World Premiere Play about Addiction & Recovery.  It is a thoughtful and…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Trayf at Theater J by Steven McKnight

Two 19-year-old Yeshiva students set out on a mission to support less-dedicated Jews on the streets of New York, but their faith and friendship are tested in the world premiere of Lindsay Du…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fly by Night musical gets first rate production at 1st Stage (review) by Steven McKnight

If you love musicals but aren’t in the mood for a familiar warhorse, then head out to 1st Stage in Tysons’ Corner for the area debut of Fly By Night.  You will find, as I did, a…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Coriolanus from Brave Spirits (review) by Steven McKnight

One of the joys of theatre is seeing a classic play presented in a surprising manner that gives new life to the story.  Brave Spirits Theatre’s lively production of Coriolanus once again …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Julia Cho’s Aubergine, a Korean-American family’s drama (review) by Steven McKnight

In Julia Cho’s Aubergine, a Korean-American chef deals with his dying father. Cho uses food as the cornerstone for a sensitive though meandering meditation on the difficulties of family, c…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kennedy Center’s family friendly Digging Up Dessa (review) by Steven McKnight

Laura Schellhardt’s Digging Up Dessa tell the story of a troubled teenager who copes with a family tragedy through her interest in fossils.  This world premiere production, commissioned b…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Guilt at Scena Theatre (review) by Steven McKnight

If your theatre tastes favor new and challenging works, Scena Theatre’s world premiere of Guilt is worthy of your consideration with its interesting mélange of light comedy, dark tragedy…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Soldier Poet, an on-the-ground view of the war in Aleppo (review) by Steven McKnight

Perhaps in years to come we will better appreciate the horrors of the battle of Aleppo, Syria which stretched from 2012-2016.  Playwright Darcy Parker Bruce makes a valiant attempt to rende…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Peekaboo! A Nativity Play (review) by Steven McKnight

The Hub Theatre adds a new production to the canon of Christmas stories with  its world premiere of Anne M. McGraw’s Peekaboo! A Nativity Play.  Described as a “heartfelt farce” with…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

GOBSMACKED! review by Steven McKnight

Fans of the Glee TV show and the Pitch Perfect films were thrilled by the performances of GOBSMACKED! at the Kennedy Center.  The show earns the all caps, the exclamation mark, and the subt…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

I’ll Get You Back Again review by Steven McKnight

I’ll Get You Back Again uses a band’s reunion as the basis for a combined comedy, drama, memory play, and meditation on the meaning of life. While the Round House Theatre world premi…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bernstein on Broadway Review: an exquisite evening by Steven McKnight

A year-long international celebration of the life of Leonard Bernstein called “Bernstein at 100” received its official launch at a memorable, one-night-only show Bernstein on Broadway i…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

From stage to screen: fall recommendations by Steven McKnight

Thanks to the Washington Post’s This is Your Brain on Art we understand what you and I have known all along – that nothing quite compares to live performaning. But great theatre can…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Clover from Ally Theatre Company (review) by Steven McKnight

Clover is the story of a 19th century socialite, Marion “Clover” Hooper Adams who was a participant and keen observer of the Washington, DC scene in the Gilded Age of the 1870s and 1880s…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (review) by Steven McKnight

Miche Braden is the biggest force of nature this side of Hurricane Harvey.  She personifies the “Empress of the Blues” Bessie Smith with a powerful voice, enormous talent, a powerful st…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fan of Prince of Broadway answers its critics by Steven McKnight

How do you begin to assemble a show based upon all of the Broadway musical productions connected to Hal Prince over a legendary career spanning nearly seven decades?  How do you choose from…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Barbara Cook. A fan remembers her fabulous second act by Steven McKnight

Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that “There are no second acts in American lives.” F. Scott Fitzgerald never met Barbara Cook, the beloved Broadway star and singer who passed away on Aug…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (review) by Steven McKnight

Billie Holliday experienced extreme poverty, racism, sexual abuse, a drug addiction, and prison, yet still had a legendary career as one of the great jazz singers of the 20th century.  If y…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Changeling Child (Capital Fringe review) by Steven McKnight

A marketing company might have taken The Coil Project’s The Changeling Child and instead titled it A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Next Generation.  That title better conveys the subs…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Passing – A Stage Play (Capital Fringe review) by Steven McKnight

Kukui Kikuyu Productions’ Passing – A Stage Play is a fascinating psychological character study in which secrets revealed inevitably lead to a shockingly tragic end which deserves a lon…

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Lost Teeth (Fringe review) by Steven McKnight

How far are we willing to go to seek happiness?  That’s the intriguing premise of Jona Tarlin’s Lost Teeth, a world premiere production from New York City’s Blowout Theatre Company wh…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre (review) by Steven McKnight

Junie B. Jones has to face a lot of moral and social quandaries for a 5-year-old.  Who took her furry black mittens, should she be able to keep a multi-ink pen she found, should she compete…

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